Eminent gynecologists and oncologists on Friday spoke on cancer among women in a continuing medical education (CME) programme here. "Women's health is a nation's health," said Dr Uma from Manglore.
The obstetrics and gynaecological society of northern India supported this event of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot.
"In the past two years," said Dr Lajya Devi Goyal, "the hospital has treated more than 400 patients, most from the Malwa region." Doctors blamed irregular medical examination and multiple sex partners in some cases of cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).
The conference's mission is to spread awareness. "The cancer of the reproductive organs of women is 100% preventable, if there is proper awareness," said Dr Uma. "It is curable as well, if diagnosed early. In 80% cases, it's reported at the last stage."
About 45% of cancers in women are of the cervix, breast and ovary. Except breast cancer, all are preventable and curable. "As women are shy," said Dr Goyal. "They do not come to us in time."
Doctor recommended regular medical check-ups after three years of marriage. Cancer treatment at the department is free of cost. Nearly 300 delegates were invited to the discussion.
Participating doctors were from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh; PGI in Rohtak; Dayanand Medical College and Christian Medical College in Ludhiana; Cancer Centre, Bengaluru; and Government Medical Colleges of Amritsar, Patiala and Bathinda.